What’s important about the Boston Alternative Energy Facility?
- The facility will process one million tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF – which is derived from non-recyclable household waste), generating enough power for more than 185,000 homes (equivalent to over 60% of the households in Lincolnshire)
- It will provide investment for the region’s economy; we expect it to create up to 300 jobs during the construction phase and around 80 jobs when operational
- The UK has a target of generating at least 15% of energy from renewable sources, including energy from waste**, by 2020. The facility will contribute to this target when built
- It will mean that one million tonnes of RDF could be processed here out of the three million tonnes the UK currently sends abroad – so the UK benefits from generating energy rather than continental Europe
- Recovering energy from non-recyclable material is far better than it being sent to landfill
** The Government defines technologies such as gasification as ‘renewables’ in policy EN-3